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NKR – Chapter 5

January 5, 2015
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Or- how we spent our New Year holiday weekend.

After deferring the New Kodak Room’s renovations in the interest of roof replacement and tuckpointing: Shelves! The day is finally approaching that we will be able to organize and find our stuff! A great way to kick off the New Year!

The shelving came from one of Tom’s auction expeditions. This time the venue was a nasty old grocery store, one that was very near my graduate school apartments- Pete’s Shur Sav.  I rarely went there, I have a rule about ironically spelled business names. Despite the ironical name, it was a dirty, depressing place. I bought some canned food from there, once, thinking- how bad could that be? Bad. The contents were spoiled! How does that happen?

Getting them sorted size, ready for cleaning

Getting them sorted by size, ready for cleaning

The shelf system is super sturdy and will work well, but included remnants of the store’s sad history. Every piece needs to be scrubbed with an assortment of implements and products.

We went thru a jug of cleaner, a pile of rags and several green scrubbers

We went thru a jug of cleaner, a pile of rags and several green scrubbers

I don't even want to think about what this sticky stuff was

I don’t even want to think about what this sticky stuff was

Before we did that, not wanting to clean the nasty shelves that we don’t need, we did an inventory and a ‘paper doll’ plan, laying out a usable arrangement.

We put double stick tape on the back of each cut out so we could try different arrangements

We put double stick tape on the back of each cut out so we could try different arrangements

We started in the northeast corner of the room, using the widest, 48″, and deepest, 24″,  shelves.  As we worked our way up the stanchions, we used progressively narrower shelves, 18″, 15″, 12″, as we ran out of the wider ones.  They top out at 96″ above the floor! As we inspected all the parts, we discovered some had labels from Warehouse of Fixtures, a local commercial resale operation. I wonder how many places these shelves have been?

Two walls cleaned and installed

Two walls covered with cleaned and installed shelves

The Girls stopped by to check our work

The Girls stopped by to check our work

Tom's mop machine in action to clean up the goo that dripped onto the floor

Tom’s mop machine in action cleaning up the goo that dripped onto the floor

The middle run of shelves going in- these will get sheets of plywood on the metal frames

The middle run of shelves going in- these will get sheets of plywood on the metal frames

This seems to be an impossibly large amount of storage. No doubt, we find ways to fill it!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Darcy permalink
    January 10, 2015 9:29 pm

    Yay! I know you’re excited to get everything out and organized. I bet it will feel like Christmas unpacking all the things you haven’t seen in years!

  2. Maurine Pruchnicki permalink
    January 10, 2015 8:08 pm

    I need something like this to store my shoes! Love, Mom

    • Sue permalink*
      January 10, 2015 8:17 pm

      Hmm- so my old bedroom is getting a makeover?

  3. January 6, 2015 11:42 am

    I can guarantee that in a few years it will be comfortably filled.I lived in New Melle area,and erected a 40×60 Pole Barn,and within a few years,i wished it was bigger.No fear,about the size.Congrats on your job.Will be looking for future installments.

    • Sue permalink*
      January 6, 2015 12:13 pm

      There must be some law of physics that explains how the mass of stuff expands to fit the volume of space- M = L x H x D…

  4. January 5, 2015 10:26 pm

    Maybe you can start a bookstore. That is a helluva lot of storage. Of course it is a huge space. We are on the opposite side of things. Trying to design two bedroom two bath with complete kitchen in 840 sf guest house at the vineyard.

    • Sue permalink*
      January 6, 2015 12:09 pm

      That’s where we came from- our old house was that same size with minimal storage. We used every inch!

  5. Anne Leners permalink
    January 5, 2015 9:57 pm

    Green, I say! Geeen with envy.
    Happy New Year,
    Anne

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